Major drug bust nabs nine in Bisbee, Naco

A Mexican cartel operating in Naco, Sonora, has been dealt a hard blow as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigators arrested nine people suspected of involvement in drug running Monday and Tuesday.

Amber Cargille, ICE public communications officer, said all of those arrested were suspected of trafficking marijuana and some cocaine.

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Proud US Citizen on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 6:09am

 In the article it states:

"His common-law wife, Guillermina Guadalupe Jiminez, 44, was arrested as she came across the border at the Naco Port of Entry on her daily trip to drop her children off at school."

It is bad enough that our border is not secure.

When are "WE THE PEOPLE" going to get off of our collective you know whats and DEMAND that U.S. education is only given to U.S. CITIZENS!!!

bubba on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 7:31am
Title: Good Point

Good point "Proud US Citizen". Why are citizens of Mexico allowed to have their children educated in the US? It would be OK if non-citizens paid a huge "out of state" tuition - whether the students were in grade school, high school, or college. Oh, that’s right, it’s illegal to ask a person’s citizenship while attending school… Methinks it’s time to change that stupid law. Good work by all agencies involved for busting up this portion of the cartel.

.45 on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 7:44am
Title: .45

I love how I had to watch the news from a city an hour away to find about about news in my neighborhood……….This is already old………

weinna on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 7:48am

 How I wish the Associated Press would pick this up.  This article says it all.  "On her daily trip"?  We knew about this and did nothing to stop it?  This is so wrong!

dogmaah on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 6:01pm

Some of the witnesses were from Sierra Vista and were minors.  The "cartel" has workers all over Cochise County.  How do I know this?  Tuesday morning when I got to work I met a border patrol agent who was waiting for two people to arrive to make his nab.  The witnesses had no clue he was waiting for them.

crb on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 8:24pm
Title: What the ?

 What I would like to know is what the common law wife was doing crossing the border to drop her children off at school.  We are talking about a school in the US, correct?  Is it tax payer funded? Someone explain this to me.  If this is legal, why?  They don’t have schools in Naco Mexico? 

Proud US Citizen on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 6:14am
Title: Because.....

 in Texas, the good people there tried to deny "schooling" to illegal aliens, and the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court…….Plyer v. Doe………And the very liberal U.S. Supreme Court decided that it was against the 14th Amendment of our U.S. Constitution to do so!

So now, because of that ruling, all one has to do to enroll their kids in our schools is show proof of residency in that particular school district…….

So these people who live in Mexico, have a relative/friend with a U.S. address……and they use that address to enroll their kids……..

I believe we are the ONLY country in the civilized world who "offers" a free education to anyone, irregardless of one’s citizenship.

Aren’t you happy to

Bisbeemomo4 on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 6:47am

Students cross the border to attend school in the US every day. The schools verify residency, but its so easy to find loop holes. Their parents don’t pay taxes, and they cause other problems- such as when they don’t pass their English Language proficiency tests and AIMS- it hurts our school labels.  I went to school with some of those adults ,and they were crossing the border to attend school back then just as their kids do now.

Cassandra on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 9:32am

The state has a significant problem here but not quite the one you have addressed. These kids may well be citizens; the mother may even be a citizen. However, they don’t live, or pay property taxes, in the district. The state can and does require proof of residency and a notarized affidavit, but the families work around that.

I’ve heard from a friend of mine who works in a Nogales school that the Border Patrol sometimes parks at the entrance of the parking lot and questions the drivers of vehicles with Sonoran plates and attendance for the day plummets, even among kids who have US birth certificates.

Educating non-residents almost certainly constitutes a bigger drain on the school districts of border towns than does the education of non-citizens.

Sumtingwong on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 11:00am
Title: It's a joke

The school is supposed to verify residency, but they don’t follow it up, they are just interested in head counts. They get state aid for any child that is enrolled. If the student is a resident of the US, why are they walking across the border to go to school in the morning, and back in the afternoon? It is a parade in Naco AZ.

Windsor on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 2:23pm

The SV Herald and all these law enforcement agents have it wrong.  The cartels are not in the US!  We are all safe and the border is secure so this surely did not occur.  There is a very BIG reason this is not on national news—it would reflect poorly on this administration—hence it will not be reported much like Fast and Furious has largely been ignored by certain media outlets. 

FreeThinker on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 5:39pm

“Educating non-residents almost certainly constitutes a bigger drain on the
school districts of border towns than does the education of non-citizens.”

Not true. As long as the Federal bureaucracy known as the Dept of Education
continues to exist, how can any federal/state income tax paying US citizen,
residing in any US state/county/city/town/village/community, be defined as a

You know, as oppose to the naturalized US citizen that doesn’t reside in any
US state/county/city/town/village/community & therefore is excluded from
federal -n- state income tax?

Someone isn’t making up for their social foot print & it’s not the
federal/state income tax paying naturalized US citizen .

Cassandra on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 10:28pm
Title: Here's how

In response to your titular question, "How so?" I have 2 answers.

First, there are simply more citizen students who live in Naco, Nogales and A.P. than there are illegal students. As BisbeeMom indicated and people in the border towns will tell you, its a common practice that has become more common as the economy has gone south. People take advantage of extended family connections, homes and the lower cost of living.

The second reason this group represents a bigger drain is their minimal contribution to the tax base. Illegals don’t go back and forth across the border every evening. Once here they pay sales tax and rent residences upon which the owners pay property tax, which provides much of the districts’ funding. The non-resident US citizen students only speak English for 30 hours a week (if that), so they slow instruction for the entire class. They live in houses in Naco and spend most of their money there as well so none of the costs of their educations are offset. 

We wouldn’t provide free public education to American residents of CA or NM, so we shouldn’t do so for Sonoran residents either.

marlene1234 on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 7:10pm
Title: Normal 0

First of all,

This story is wrong! Guillermnia Jimenez did not take her kids to school every day. Her oldest daughters graduated high school and one is still in high school, and they ALL have their papers. They are all documented citizens so shut up about saying how illegals cannot attend school in the U.S. It was Laura Jimenez who they kept a close eye on, she dropped her little children to school every morning and picked up after school. So shut up already and don’t be saying things that are not valid if you have no idea what went down.

Sumtingwong on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 5:50am

According toMarlene, Marlene knows the real story, better than the team that did the arresting. Maybe Laura Jimenez needs to be arrested too.

geezer on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 9:43am
Title: punishment

make the punishment worth the money, time and risk involved in tracking this for two years.


Forget these 5 years in prison. give them at least 20 years in prison and huge fines so they think twice and the remaining family and friends realize the risk is not worth the punishment and do not keep up doing the same thing these people were doing.

Make them pay big punishments that they will never forget.



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